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Black Caps promise short-pitched attack

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly
Tim Southee © Getty Images Tim Southee

New Zealand have promised more short-pitched bowling to an "intimidated" Bangladesh side in the second Test in Christchurch.

Strike bowler Trent Boult reckons the Black Caps rattled the tourists with their aggression in the second innings of the first Test in Wellington.

Bangladesh, who had posted 595-8 declared first up, succumbed for 160 to gift wrap a seven-wicket New Zealand win.

Boult prefers to get his wickets through swing and stealth but admits conditions at the Basin Reserve called for something more raw.

"It there's no swing, we try to stay in areas that are most competitive or aggressive towards the opposition," he said.

"It's a method that we've been using for a while.

"We've used it successfully as well. I'm sure there will be some short-pitched bowling among the group."

Bumper specialist Neil Wagner was once again New Zealand's most successful bowler, claiming six wickets.

It could be argued his short-pitched approach set up scalps for others too, with some Bangladesh batsmen noticeably hovering on the back foot.

A short-ish ball from Tim Southee wasn't handled well by Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who ducked and was struck on the helmet, forcing him out of the Test and leaving his side a batsman short.

Boult agreed the approach unsettled the visitors, who are more comfortable in spin-friendly conditions.

"I think it did. It's always intimidating coming out facing a bit of a barrage of short-pitched bowling.

"You're definitely not throwing it down there with the intention of hurting anyone."

Hagley Oval is expected to aid the seamers in the first session or two on Friday.

Colin de Grandhomme's medium pacers destroyed Pakistan's first innings at the ground in November, taking 6-41 on debut.

Wagner came into his own when conditions flattened out later in the Test.

Boult expects a similar pattern to play out as his side chase a 2-0 series win but they'll be wary of not over-doing the bouncers.

"You try and read how comfortable they're feeling and what their game plan is," he said.

"The Australians have played it quite nicely in the past and then you've got to quickly change to another plan.

"I'm hoping it's going to be nice seam bowlling conditions so we can pitch the ball up and skin the cat in a different way."

Strong winds and rain which has pounded Christchurch for 24 hours was forecast to clear ahead of the scheduled start time.

New Zealand are likely to take an unchanged XI into the game while Bangladesh changes will hinge on fitness, with Mushfiqur and opener Imrul Kayes having both suffered injuries.

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